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on March 20, 2013 10:10 AM

MARCH 20 :: 1897 — Yale beats Penn 32-10 in New Haven, Conn., in the first men’s intercollegiate basketball game.

1939 — In a game of unbeaten teams, Long Island U. defeats Loyola of Chicago 44-32 to win the NIT title.

1940 — Springfield College makes only eight of 63 shots from the field (12.7 percent) against Indiana, setting the NCAA Division I men’s tournament record for both fewest field goals made and lowest field-goal shooting percentage.

1954 — In the first televised NCAA championship game, La Salle defeats Bradley 92-76 and sets a record for most points in the title game.

1965 — St. John’s sends Joe Lapchick out a winner, as the Redmen beat Villanova 55-51 to win their fifth National Invitation Tournament championship.

1965 — Bill Bradley scores 58 points to lead Princeton to a 118-82 rout of Wichita State in the NCAA third-place game. UCLA beats Michigan 91-80 to win its second national championship.

2005 — LeBron James, 20, becomes the youngest player to score 50 points in an NBA game, when he scores 56 in the Cavaliers’ 105-98 loss to the Raptors.

2010 — Northern Iowa pulls off one of the biggest NCAA upsets in years by knocking off No. 1 overall seed Kansas with a 69-67 win. Ali Farokhmanesh buries an open 3-pointer with the shot clock still in the 30s to give the Panthers a four-point lead with 35 seconds left.

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